AYRTON SENNA - McLAREN
F1 WORLD CHAMPION 1991
THE ENTIRE 1991 FORMULA ONE SEASON ON DVD
16 FULL RACES/16 DVDS
DVD LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS
DVD 1 U.S.A - FULL RACE
DVD 2 BRAZIL - FULL RACE
DVD 3 SAN MARINO - FULL RACE
DVD 4 MONACO - FULL RACE
DVD 5 CANADA - FULL RACE
DVD 6 MEXICO - FULL RACE
DVD 7 FRANCE - FULL RACE
DVD 8 BRITAIN - FULL RACE
DVD 9 GERMANY - FULL RACE
DVD 10 HUNGARY - FULL RACE
DVD 11 BELGIUM - FULL RACE
DVD 12 ITALY - FULL RACE
DVD 13 PORTUGAL - FULL RACE
DVD 14 SPAIN - FULL RACE
DVD 15 JAPAN - FULL RACE
DVD 16 AUSTRALIA - FULL RACEFormula 1 - 1991 Round 01 - USA Phoenix Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 02 - Brazil Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 03 - San Marino Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 04 - Monaco Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 05 - Canada Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 06 - Mexico Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 07 - France Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 08 - Britain Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 09 - Germany Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 10 - Hungary Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 11 - Belgium Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 12 - Italy Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 13 - Portugal Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 14 - Spain Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 15 - Japan Grand Prix
Formula 1 - 1991 Round 16 - Australia Grand Prix
1991 Formula One season
The 1991 Formula One season was the 42nd season of FIA Formula One
motor racing. It featured the 1991 FIA Formula One World Championship,
which commenced on March 10, 1991 and ended on November 3 after sixteen
races. Ayrton Senna won his third Drivers' World Championship and McLaren-Honda won the Constructors' Championship.
- McLaren retained their successful 1990 lineup of Senna and Gerhard Berger
- Williams re-signed their former driver Nigel Mansell on the promise that he would be the top driver in the team after several years as number two to Nelson Piquet at Williams and then Alain Prost at Ferrari. He was partnered by Riccardo Patrese, retained from 1990.
- Ferrari kept Alain Prost as lead driver and replaced the departed Mansell with Jean Alesi, a young driver who had impressed at Tyrrell.
- Benetton began the season with two experienced Brazilian drivers: Roberto Moreno and triple world champion Nelson Piquet. During the season, Moreno was replaced by German rookie Michael Schumacher.
- Former greats Lotus had had a torrid 1990 with a severe accident for Martin Donnelly, loss of title sponsorship from Camel and a management buyout. The new cars, white and British Racing Green after decades of yellow or black, were piloted by rookie drivers Mika Häkkinen and Julian Bailey, though Bailey was eventually replaced by Johnny Herbert.
Originally, the team had appointed Donnelly as 'number one driver'
(partnering Häkkinen and Bailey) as Martin was expected to come back
racing by April 1991.
Three teams that started the 1990 season would not make the start of the 1991 season: EuroBrun had failed to complete the season. Onyx Grand Prix also pulled out during 1990, but went as far as designing a 1991 car before finally folding, while the absence of Life surprised no-one.
The Osella team was now Fondmetal, though driver Olivier Grouillard was retained along with the 1989 Osella car and most of the staff.
There were two entirely new entrants for the 1991 season;
- Jordan Grand Prix, a successful team in International Formula 3000. Their drivers were Bertrand Gachot and Andrea de Cesaris, though Gachot's incarceration for assault partway through the season would mean that Michael Schumacher, Alessandro Zanardi and Roberto Moreno also drove the car.
- The other new team was the Modena Team. It originally began life in late 1990 as GLAS with Mexican investment. Former Arrows, Alfa Romeo and Spirit driver, Mauro Baldi, was one of the proposed drivers and they had brokered a deal with Lamborghini
that would see the Italian marque, operating under Lamborghini
Engineering, design and build a chassis for the team as well as supply
the engines. But, the Mexican investors pulled out before the season
even began. Lamborghini stepped in and provided financial assistance to
save the team and relocated the team to Modena, Italy and initiated the
subsequent name-change. The team signed up drivers Nicola Larini and Eric van de Poele.
Although the team was a de facto factory effort by Lamborghini,
Lamborghini entered the team under a separate name to avoid being
associated with a struggling team. But this did not stop journalists and
fans a like from referring to the team as Lambo though. 1991 would be a
very difficult year for the team, as aside from the drivers regularly
failing to qualify their cars, finances quickly become an issue after
Lamborghini's once off investment in the team had dried up. 1991 would
in fact turn out to be the team's only season in the sport.
At the start of the season, pre-qualifying was needed for five teams:
both cars of the Jordan, Dallara and Modena teams and the single
entrants of the Fondmetal and Coloni teams.
A change to the points system in 1991 saw the winning driver now
awarded 10 points instead of 9 as previously. More significantly, points
from all races would now count towards the championship, instead of
only each driver's best eleven results as previously.
Race One: USA
The season started off at the Phoenix street circuit where Senna took
pole ahead of Prost, Patrese, Mansell, Piquet and Alesi. At the start,
Senna and Prost maintained their places while Mansell sliced ahead of
Patrese and Piquet lost out to Alesi and Berger. The order at the end of
lap 1 was: Senna, Prost, Mansell, Patrese, Alesi and Berger.
Early on, as Senna was pulling away from Prost, Alesi got past
Patrese for fourth. However, Patrese repassed him on lap 16 and closed
up on Mansell. He attacked on lap 22 but shot into an escape road and
rejoined behind Alesi and Berger. He quickly closed up on them with
Berger attacking Alesi but unable to pass. Patrese passed Berger on lap
34. On the next lap, Mansell's gearbox failed and soon afterward, on lap
36, Berger had fuel pump trouble, which forced him to retire. Patrese
then passed Alesi who pitted on lap 43. He closed in on Prost and the
Ferrari pitted on lap 46, with right rear troubles putting him down to
Patrese didn't last longer, his gearbox failing and then the
stationary car was hit by Roberto Moreno, forcing both of them out.
Piquet, who did not stop, was passed by Alesi for second with Prost
taking fourth off Stefano Modena
soon after. Alesi was having gearbox troubles and was holding back
Piquet as Prost began to attack both of them. On lap 70, Piquet passed
Alesi and Prost followed him through. Prost then shifted sides getting
ahead of Piquet as well. Modena passed Alesi for fourth and Alesi soon
retired with gearbox troubles. Unflustered by all this, Senna won from
Prost, Piquet, Modena, Satoru Nakajima and Aguri Suzuki.
Race Two: Brazil
The field went to Brazil and Senna pleased his fans by taking pole
ahead of the two Williams cars of Patrese and Mansell who were in front
of Berger, Alesi and Prost. At the start, Senna took off and Mansell got
by Patrese while Alesi got by Berger and Piquet got ahead of Prost. The
order was: Senna, Mansell, Patrese, Alesi, Berger and Piquet.
Mansell began to attack Senna but could not pass. Senna then slowly
pulled away from Mansell who had a slow stop on lap 22. He stayed second
after the stops but 7 seconds behind Senna, the major change in the
stops was that Piquet who did not stop was third and that Berger and
Prost had got by Alesi.
Berger blasted past Piquet soon afterward as Mansell began to catch
Senna. Mansell was closing in but had to stop on lap 50 with a puncture.
He charged back towards Senna who was having gearbox troubles. However,
it was Mansell's gearbox which ironically gave way first on lap 60.
Patrese was having the same problem but still running in second and
Berger was having a sticking throttle. It began to rain and Prost passed
Piquet for fourth. The top three struggled on these conditions, Senna
winning from Patrese, Berger, Prost, Piquet and Alesi.
1991 was Senna's final title.
Race Three: San Marino
Senna took his 55th pole position ahead of Patrese, Prost, Mansell,
Berger and Modena. It rained as they were approaching the start and
Prost spun off on the parade lap and was out. At the start, Patrese got
ahead of Senna while Mansell had a poor start and retired after being
hit by Martin Brundle's Brabham. The order was: Patrese, Senna, Berger, Modena, Alesi and Nakajima.
Patrese pulled away but pitted on lap 10 with a misfire and rejoined
several laps down. On lap 16, Nakajima retired from fourth with
transmission failure. After the stops, Senna stayed ahead of Berger
while Moreno and got fourth from Pierluigi Martini. Soon afterward JJ Lehto
passed Martini to take fifth. At the front, the gap between Senna and
Berger was stable. Modena retired on lap 42 with transmission troubles,
promoting Moreno to third which he held only for eight laps when Lehto
passed him. On lap 52, Moreno retired with an engine failure. At the
front, Senna won ahead of Berger, Lehto, Martini, Mika Häkkinen and
Race Four: Monaco
Senna took another pole in Monaco with Modena a surprising second
ahead of Patrese, Piquet, Mansell and Berger. At the start, Berger hit
Piquet and Piquet was out while Berger dropped to the back. The order
was: Senna, Modena, Patrese, Mansell, Prost and Moreno.
With overtaking hard on the Monaco streets, there were no changes
until Prost got past Mansell on lap 30. By now, Senna was over 10
seconds ahead of Modena, who was holding up Patrese. Soon afterward,
Alesi passed Moreno for fourth and pulled away. On lap 43, Modena's
engine blew in the tunnel and this blocked Patrese, who spun off into
the wall and both were out.
Mansell was putting pressure on Prost, who had troubles with a loose
wheel made a daring move up the chicane on lap 63 to take second. Soon
afterward, Prost was forced to stop to change the wheel and dropped down
to fifth. Senna took his fourth win in four ahead of Mansell, Alesi,
Moreno, Prost and Emanuele Pirro.
was Senna's closest challenger, eventually finishing second in the championship.
Race Five: Canada
In Canada and the Williams cars were 1-2 in qualifying, Patrese on
pole ahead of Mansell, Senna, Prost, Moreno and Berger. At the start,
Mansell got ahead of Patrese while Berger slipped past Moreno. It was
Mansell leading from Patrese, Senna, Prost, Berger and Moreno. On lap 5,
Berger retired with battery troubles but Moreno could take fifth only
for 5 more laps before he spun off into retirement.
Mansell and Patrese were pulling away from Senna while there was a
battle for fourth between Prost, Alesi and Piquet. On lap 26, Senna
retired with alternator troubles and two laps later Prost was out with a
failed gearbox. Alesi was third but on lap 35, his engine expired. This
put Mansell in front of Patrese, Piquet, Modena, Andrea de Cesaris and Ivan Capelli.
Patrese had to pit with a puncture and rejoined behind Piquet. He then
had gearbox troubles and was passed by Modena as Capelli spun off.
On the last lap, Mansell who was waving to the crowd let his revs too
low and stalled the engine. This left a delighted Piquet to take his
last career win ahead of Modena, Patrese, de Cesaris, Bertrand Gachot and Mansell who was classified sixth.
Race Six: Mexico
Williams took 1-2 in qualifying in Mexico with Patrese ahead of
Mansell, Senna, Alesi, Berger and Piquet. At the start, Patrese was poor
and lost three places while Alesi dived ahead of Senna. The order was:
Mansell, Alesi, Senna, Patrese, Berger and Piquet. There was action as
Senna passed Alesi with Patrese following him through and then Modena
getting by Piquet.
Berger's engine failed on lap 6 and soon afterward Patrese passed
Senna and set off after Mansell. Modena then began to drop back. Patrese
passed Mansell and then both Senna and Alesi had a go at the Englishman
with Alesi spinning and dropping back to seventh. Patrese then began to
pull away from Mansell who was holding up Senna. Meanwhile Alesi passed
Moreno and then de Cesaris as Mansell pulled away from Senna. He closed
the gap to Patrese to 1.2 seconds before Patrese increased his pace and
made the gap stable.
Alesi's clutch failed on lap 43 and Piquet had wheel bearing troubles
two laps later and thus Gachot was fifth. He held it until he spun off
on lap 52. At the front, Patrese won with Mansell making it a Williams
1-2 ahead of Senna, de Cesaris, Moreno and Éric Bernard.
Race Seven: France
At the new Magny-Cours circuit, Patrese took another pole ahead of
home hero Prost, Senna, Mansell, Berger and Alesi. At the start, Patrese
had problems selecting his gear, and when he did start his car, he was
engulfed by the field. This blocked Senna allowing Mansell to get ahead
of him. The order was: Prost, Mansell, Senna, Berger, Alesi and Piquet.
On lap 6, Berger retired with yet another engine failure. Two laps later, there was trouble as Piquet lost places as Gianni Morbidelli
tried to pass him and hit Capelli, taking both out while Piquet lost
time and places. At the front, Mansell attacked Prost and passed him on
lap 22. At the stops, Mansell had a slow one and Prost was back in the
lead. Senna was under pressure from Alesi but holding him at bay, over
15 seconds behind the leaders.
Meanwhile, Mansell again began to close in on Prost and as the two
wound through traffic on lap 54, Mansell made a superb move on the
outside of the Adelaide hairpin to lead and then slowly pulled away.
Mansell won from Prost, Senna, Alesi, the recovering Patrese and de
Race Eight: United Kingdom
Ticket to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 14 July 1991
Mansell treated his fans in Britain with pole position ahead of
Senna, Patrese, Berger, Prost and Alesi. At the start, Senna took the
lead from Mansell while Berger hit Patrese, spinning Patrese out while
Berger dropped down the order, behind Prost, Alesi and Moreno. At the
front, Mansell turned off the rev-limiter to accelerate past Senna into
the Hangar straight. Thus Mansell led from Senna, Alesi, Prost, Moreno
Soon Berger passed Moreno for fifth and this became fourth when Prost
spun, dropping two places. Moreno then retired with gearbox troubles.
At the front, the gap between Mansell and Senna was around 4–5 seconds
with Alesi third, a long way back. However, when he was trying to lap
Suzuki, he hit Suzuki, taking both out. After the stops, Mansell stayed
10 seconds ahead of Senna with Berger a long way back but 20 seconds
ahead of Prost.
Senna decided to try with a light fuel load to attack Mansell. He
closed the gap to 7 seconds but because of that, he ran out of fuel on
the last lap, which gave Mansell the opportunity to pick up the stranded
Brazilian on his victory lap and drive him back to pit lane. Therefore,
Mansell won ahead of Berger, Prost, Senna (classified fourth for
starting final lap), Piquet and Gachot.
So, at the halfway stage of the year, we had Senna leading the
championship with 51 points with Mansell second with 33, Patrese third
with 22, Prost fourth with 21, Piquet fifth with 18, Berger sixth with
16, Modena seventh with 9 and Alesi eighth with 8. In the constructors
championship, McLaren led with 67 points, Williams close in second with 55, Ferrari third with 29 and Benetton fourth with 23.
Triple champion Alain Prost
had a disappointing year with Ferrari
, culminating in his dismissal before the end of the season.
Race Nine: Germany
At the halfway of the season, pre-qualifying was re-arranged.
Dallaras, Jordans and Lambos escaped, while AGS, Footwork and Brabham
needed pre-qualifying for rest of the season.
The second half of the year started in Germany and Mansell started
where he left off, taking pole ahead of Senna, Berger, Patrese, Prost
and Alesi. At the starrt, Mansell took off while Berger got by Senna and
Patrese again had a poor start, dropping behind the Ferraris. At the
end of the first lap, Mansell led from Berger, Senna, Prost, Alesi and
Patrese quickly got ahead of Alesi as the order settled down. Alesi
decided to go without a stop while the rest pitted. However, Berger had
some troubles in the stops and dropped back to 10th. Thus we had Alesi
leading Mansell, Senna, Prost, Patrese and de Cesaris. Mansell quickly
passed Alesi to lead and then pulled away. Prost and Senna were battling
for third and Prost went wide at a corner trying to pass Senna allowing
Patrese to take fourth.
Patrese quickly passed Senna to leave him with a frustrated Prost.
Prost tried to pass him on lap 38 but Senna did not give him enough room
and Prost spun off and retired. Meanwhile Patrese had closed right in
on Alesi and passed him on lap 39. On the last lap, Senna ran out of
fuel again. No one, however could touch Mansell who won with Patrese
making it a Williams 1-2 ahead of Alesi, the recovering Berger, de
Cesaris and Gachot.
Race Ten: Hungary
Senna took pole in Hungary ahead of Patrese, Mansell, Prost, Berger
and Alesi. At the start, Patrese got away better than Senna but Senna
moved over to block him. Mansell was forced to defend third from Prost
and kept the place. The order was: Senna, Patrese, Mansell, Prost,
Berger and Alesi.
The top four stayed together and there was no way one could overtake the other on the twisting Hungaroring
circuit. They pulled away from Berger who had a gap to Alesi. Prost's
engine blew on lap 28, reducing the battle at the front to three. The
pit stops changed nothing but after them Mansell began to hound his
teammate Patrese for second. Patrese let him get past to see what
Mansell can do about Senna but he realised that the answer was nothing.
Senna was continuing to slowly edge away. A dull race was won by Senna
ahead of Mansell, Patrese, Berger, Alesi and Capelli.
Race Eleven: Belgium
Belgian driver Bertrand Gachot missed his home Grand Prix due to
being imprisoned in Britain following an incident in which he sprayed CS gas at a London taxi driver. His Jordan seat was filled by then-unknown German driver Michael Schumacher.
In qualifying, Senna took pole ahead of Patrese, Prost, Mansell,
Berger, Alesi, Piquet and the new sensation, Schumacher. (After Saturday
qualifying, Patrese's car was found to not comply with safety
regulations and Patrese's Saturday times were wiped out, thus starting
17th). At the start, Senna defended from Prost while Piquet and
Schumacher got past Alesi. However, Schumacher slowed with a clutch
problem on the run down to Eau Rouge and retired. At the front, Senna
led from Prost, Mansell, Berger, Piquet and Alesi. On lap 3, Prost had
fuel leaking out of his car and retired.
Mansell began to attack Senna and after the stops got ahead of him.
There was trouble when Berger spun after his stop and lost a lot of
time. After the stops, Mansell led Alesi (who planned to go without
stopping), Senna, Piquet, a recovering Patrese and de Cesaris. Then on
lap 22, Mansell slowed to a halt with an electrical failure, giving
Alesi the lead of the race. Senna's engine then stopped for some time
and because of that Piquet, Patrese and de Cesaris were right with him
and allowing Alesi to remain in the lead. Senna was unable to pull away
because he had gearbox troubles. On lap 31 -still intending of going
nonstop- Alesi's engine blew up and Senna was back in the lead. Patrese
tried to pass Piquet but went wide and de Cesaris was able to take
He then passed Piquet to take second, with Patrese following him
through soon after. Piquet began to drop back and Berger passed him.
Patrese had gearbox troubles and was suddenly behind Berger and Piquet.
On lap 41, de Cesaris, around 2 seconds behind Senna retired when his
engine expired. Moreno passed the struggling Patrese on the next lap.
Senna won with Berger making it a McLaren 1-2 ahead of Piquet, Moreno,
Patrese and Mark Blundell.
Race Twelve: Italy
There was controversy before the Italian Grand Prix as Schumacher signed a deal with Benetton which displeased Jordan
who went to court. The court decided in favour of Benetton because
Jordan had not signed a contract with Schumacher previously. Thus
Schumacher and Moreno swapped teams.
In qualifying, Senna took pole ahead of Mansell, Berger, Patrese,
Prost and Alesi. At the start, Alesi steamed by Prost and hit Patrese
into the first chicane and had to pit for repairs. Senna led Mansell,
Berger, Patrese, Prost and Schumacher at the end of the first lap.
Patrese began to charge, passing Berger on lap 7. As Mansell was
having difficulty finding a way around Senna, he put out his hand and
waved Patrese ahead of him. He then attacked Senna and took the lead on
lap 26. However, on the next lap, Patrese spun and he could not select
full gears then. He went to the pits and retired. At the same time,
Prost passed Berger to take third. Mansell now began to hound Senna and
went all directions to get ahead.
He finally did it on lap 34 and Senna came into the pits for tyres.
When he rejoined, the order was Mansell, Prost, Berger, Schumacher,
Senna and de Cesaris. Senna was on a charge, passing Schumacher
immediately after his stop. Berger then waved him through to see if he
can attack Prost. Behind them, on lap 45, Piquet passed de Cesaris for
sixth. Senna got ahead of Prost on the second chicane on the penultimate
lap. Mansell won from Senna, Prost, Berger, Schumacher and Piquet.
Thus, with three quarters of the season over, Senna led the driver's
championship with 77 points with Mansell second with 59, Patrese third
with 34, Berger fourth with 31, Prost fifth with 25, Piquet sixth with
23, Alesi seventh with 14 and Modena eighth with 9. In the constructor's
championship, McLaren led with 108 points with Williams close behind in
second with 93. Ferrari were third with 39 and Benetton were a further 6
points back in fourth with 33.
Race Thirteen: Portugal
In Portugal now and Patrese took pole ahead of Berger, Senna,
Mansell, Prost and Alesi. At the start, Mansell sliced across in front
of Senna and switched sides to sneak by Berger. The order at the end of
lap 1 was: Patrese, Mansell, Berger, Senna, Alesi and Prost.
The Williamses pulled away from the McLarens who were pulling away
from the Ferraris (Prost had by now passed Alesi). On lap 18, Patrese
waved Mansell through and decided to follow him. The McLarens stopped
first and Senna got ahead of Berger. When Mansell stopped on lap 29, his
crew had trouble fixing the wheelnut of his right rear properly. As the
Williams mechanic went to get a spare nut, the lollipop man, unaware of
the trouble signalled for Mansell to depart. Immediately, his right
rear fell off and he stopped in the middle of the pitlane. The team
retrieved the tyre, fixed it on Mansell's car and sent him on his way
but he had dropped to 17th.
At the front, Berger passed Senna and set off after Patrese only for
his engine to fail on lap 38. Two laps later, Prost from third went out
with the same problem. This put the order as: Patrese, Senna, Alesi,
Martini, Capelli and Piquet. On lap 49, Mansell who had charged through
the field took sixth from his former arch-rival Piquet and was only 15
seconds from third place. Then, on lap 51, he was shown a black flag
(disqualified) for the pit lane infringement. He was out. Capelli spun
off on lap 65 from fifth. Patrese won from Senna, Alesi, Martini, Piquet
Race Fourteen: Spain
Berger took pole in Spain ahead of Mansell, Senna, Patrese,
Schumacher and Prost. At the start, it was damp and Senna blasted past
Mansell while Patrese messed up again, dropping to sixth. Midway through
the lap, Schumacher passed Mansell to take third. The order was:
Berger, Senna, Schumacher, Mansell, Prost and Patrese.
Mansell repassed Schumacher near the end of the second lap and set
off after Senna. On lap 5, Mansell and Senna went side by side down the
main straight but Mansell was ahead as he had the inside line. As the
track dried, everyone stopped and Berger's stop was slow. Senna's stop
was quick and he took the lead ahead of Berger, Mansell, Prost,
Schumacher and Patrese. Senna then let Berger through on lap 12 in order
to hold up Mansell while Schumacher overtook Prost at the same time.
Then, Senna spun into the last corner and dropped behind Mansell,
Schumacher and Prost.
Mansell quickly reeled in Berger and got ahead on lap 20 and
proceeded to pull away. Schumacher now came to attack Berger and when he
tried, he messed up and spun off. He rejoined back down in sixth. On
lap 33, Berger slowed down with electrical troubles and retired. Soon
afterwards, Patrese passed Senna for third. Schumacher had blistered his
tyres in the spin and pitted, dropping behind Alesi who charged forward
and passed Senna. Mansell crucially won from Prost, Patrese, Alesi,
Senna and Schumacher.
With two more races to go, Senna could see the championship in his
grasp with 85 points. Mansell was 16 points behind with 69 and need to
pull off a miracle because there was only 20 points available. Patrese
was third with 48, Prost was fourth with 31, Berger was fifth with 31,
Piquet was sixth with 25, Alesi was seventh with 21 and Modena was
eighth with 9. The constructor's championship was much closer with
Williams, having 117 led McLaren with 116 by one point. Ferrari was
third with 52 and Benetton was fourth with 37.
Race Fifteen: Japan
In Japan, the McLarens took 1-2 in qualifying with Berger ahead of
Senna, Mansell, Prost, Patrese and Alesi. At the start, Berger got away
well and Senna blocked Mansell while behind them Patrese got by Prost.
Alesi did not last long, his engine failing even before finishing the
lap. The order was: Berger, Senna, Mansell, Patrese, Prost and Martini.
Senna let Berger pull away and then held up Mansell, who had to win
to keep his World Championship hopes alive. Mansell was frustrated at
seeing Berger pull away and hounded Senna in the hope that Senna would
make a mistake. However, it was Mansell who made a mistake first,
spinning off at the start of lap 10. He was out and was left to wonder
what might have been. Senna was the World Champion again.
The McLaren team told Berger to let Senna through and thus protect
him with the promise that Senna will let him back ahead on the last lap
if they stay 1-2. There were no changes after the stops and the order
stayed as: Senna, Berger, Patrese, Prost, Martini and Schumacher. At the
front, Senna and Berger traded fastest laps. On lap 29, well behind
Schumacher passed Martini for fifth. However, his engine failed on lap
35, giving the place back to Martini. Martini only held it for five more
laps before his clutch failed, forcing him to retire.
Nothing then changed afterwards, and Senna kept McLaren's agreement
with Berger, by letting Berger through to win on the last lap. Berger
won ahead of the new world champion Senna, Patrese, Prost, Martin Brundle
and Modena. The McLaren Honda 1-2 also meant that they were now 11
points ahead of Williams Renault and had a grip on the Constructors
Race Sixteen: Australia
Before the final race in Australia, Prost was fired from the Ferrari
team because he made some scathing comments about the team and described
his car as a 'truck.' He was replaced by Ferrari test driver Gianni
Morbidelli (who had been driving for Minardi).
In qualifying, the McLaren took 1-2 ahead of the Williamses and the
Benettons with Senna ahead of Berger, Mansell, Patrese, Piquet and
Schumacher. At the start, in extremely torrential wet conditions,
Patrese lost time and was quickly behind Piquet and Alesi had also got
by him and Schumacher. Senna led from Berger, Mansell, Piquet, Alesi and
Patrese. On lap 3, Berger went wide allowing Mansell to be second and
thus go after Senna. He was close enough on lap 5 and was side by side
with Senna on the next lap but saw yellow flags because of Nicola Larini's
crash. Thus he was forced to back off and Senna retained the lead.
Alesi spun off immediately and was followed there by Schumacher. Both
Then, on lap 8, Pierluigi Martini spun off into the wall and his
front wing, which separated from his car, was hit by Patrese and got
stuck in Patrese's undertray. At the front, Mansell was no longer
attacking Senna but Senna was unable to pull away. The conditions became
better but after another seven laps, the weather started to become
worse and more drivers began to spin off, including Mansell who smashed
into a wall. Berger also spun off twice on the next lap as Senna
gestured to the marshals to try to get the race stopped. Patrese
followed suit and finally it was stopped after Senna had finished lap
16. However, the officials had decided to count the results back 2 laps
to lap 14 which meant that Senna won from Mansell, Berger, Piquet,
Patrese and Morbidelli. Only half points were awarded because the race
was stopped before 75% of the distance was over.
Because only half points were awarded in Australia, at the end of the
season, Senna was the world champion with 96 points with Mansell second
with 72, Patrese third with 53, Berger fourth with 43, Prost fifth with
34, Piquet sixth with 26.5, Alesi seventh with 21 and Modena eighth
with 10. In the constructor's championship, McLaren Honda were the world
champions with 139 points with Williams Renault second with 125,
Ferrari third with 55.5 and Benetton Ford fourth with 38.5.
Having won all World Championships since 1985, the 1991 season was the last year that Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, and Alain Prost
competed together. Prost would take a sabbatical in 1992. Piquet
retired definitely from F1 and suffered a terrible accident when
attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 race in 1992. Mansell
would leave F1 for CART
in 1993, as his Williams team signed Prost for that season, and Mansell
had a poor relationship with the Frenchman from their Ferrari days.
Prost retired rather than have Senna as a teammate at Williams for the
1994 season, which saw Senna killed at San Marino and Mansell's return
to Williams for four races later in the season.
Drivers and constructors
The following teams and drivers competed in the 1991 FIA Formula One World Championship.
1991 Drivers Championship final standings
† Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
- Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places in each race
- In Australian Grand Prix half points were awarded as the race was stopped after 14 out of 81 laps due to torrential rain.
- This was the first season for which 10 points (rather than 9) were awarded for a win.
|Non-classified finish (NC)|
|Purple||Did not finish (Ret)|
|Red||Did not qualify (DNQ)|
|Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)|
|White||Did not start (DNS)|
|Race cancelled (C)|
|Light blue||Practiced only (PO)|
|Friday test driver (TD)|
(from 2003 onwards)
|Blank||Did not practice (DNP)|
|Did not arrive (DNA)|
|Withdrew entry before the event (WD)|
1991 Constructors Championship final standings
Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places in each race.
|12|| Leyton House-Ilmor||15||Ret||Ret||12||Ret||Ret||Ret||7||Ret||Ret||11||Ret||15||7||7||8||14||1|
- Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places in each race
- In Australian Grand Prix half points were awarded as the race was stopped after 14 out of 81 laps due to torrential rain.
- This was the first season for which 10 points (rather than 9) were awarded for a win.